Women's Basketball |
Dec. 11, 2007
CINCINNATI -- Five Bearcats scored in double figures, led by Jill Stephens' (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) team-high 19 points and Kahla Roudebush's (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) 17 points as the University of Cincinnati (6-2) recorded a 73-66 victory over visiting Wright State University (2-7) at Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday night.
Stephens played the entire game for UC, which had a 10 day break from action for finals week. Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) scored 15 points for the Bearcats and Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) and Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) each added 10 for UC.
"Give Wright State credit, they shot the ball well," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "When we cooled them off some, then we couldn't land a shot. It looked like we had been off for 10 days."
Cincinnati took control early in the first half, pushing out to a 27-16 lead with 9:38 remaining. A 7-2 run gave the Bearcats a 16 point lead, 34-18, with 6:12 left in the first stanza. Wright State responded with a 9-0 run to pull within seven, 34-27, before UC reacted with a timeout and returned to form. Stephens led all scorers at the half with 17 points and UC took a 44-34 lead into the locker room.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 50-39 in the second half, but Wright State stayed in the game and took the lead at the 7:09 mark. A 12-2 run by the Raiders, with two three pointers by forward Whitney Lewis, put Wright State up 61-60. A quick 5-0 run by Benson gave UC a 65-61 lead with 5:21 remaining. Roudebush hit two at the free throw line but Lewis landed another trey to pull the Raiders within one with 2:43 left to play, 67-66. Roudebush connected on two more at the charity stripe and Graboski put the game out of reach at the line with 50.9 seconds left, 71-66.
UC scored 46 points in the paint to Wright State's 18, but the Bearcats were held to an uncharacteristic one three pointer as a team. Wright State was led by Lewis, who scored 21 points for the game, and the Raiders hit nine three pointers as a team.
Cincinnati remains at home for the next three games, taking on Youngstown State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Fifth Third Arena.